The MFA in Design and Technology explores the social and cultural dimensions of technological change.
Today's designer faces two fundamental challenges: the expanding influence of design within society and the growing role of technology within design. As a terminal degree, the two-year, 60-credit MFA in Design and Technology (MFA DT) provides students with a lively and dynamic environment in which to use design research, process, applied theory, and writing to address these challenges. Students push their experimentation beyond the visual: Design is seen as a mechanism for developing strategies, knowledge organization, business structures, and social consciousness.
Building on the expertise of our faculty and networks in New York and abroad, Parsons will offer MFA DT on our new Paris campus starting in fall 2013. Students enrolled in the program, whether their home campus is located in New York or in Paris, have the same curriculum and will have the opportunity to begin their study in one city and take a year or a semester in the other.
From Boot Camp to the final Thesis Symposium, faculty members, who are active design practitioners, encourage students to pursue forward-looking creative, commercial, research-based, educational, and art-based career paths. Areas of study include Interaction (mobile, games, web, and installation), Physical Computing (programming code and chip-based applications such as toys, fashion, media in architecture, and performance technology), 2D and 3D Animation, Motion Graphics, and Digital Filmmaking.
Through dynamic collaborations with industry partners, other universities, and not-for-profit organizations, students make award-winning design projects and have opportunities to exhibit at venues worldwide. As a result, MFA DT alumni are leaders in a variety of groundbreaking innovative enterprises.